March 6, 2011
By Jason Clay
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sophomore pitcher Cody Forsythe threw eight scoreless innings to lead the Southern Illinois baseball team to a 2-0 shutout victory over Memphis on Sunday at FedExPark.
SIU's first shutout since April 26, 2009 gives the Salukis a 2-0 record to close out the University of Memphis Baseball Classic. The Salukis improve to 4-6 with the win while Memphis drops to 6-3.
"It was exciting," Forsythe said after improving to 2-1 on the year with his second-straight eight-inning performance. "They have some good hitters on their team and we gave them a good run for it and came out on top, so it was fun."
Forsythe scattered eight hits on the afternoon and struck out five while walking just one. Through three starts this year, he now has a 1.57 ERA and has 16 strikeouts against three walks in 23.0 innings.
"Cody is a guy who wants the ball and wants to be out there," interim head coach Ken Henderson said. "He's got good make-up and can just pitch. You can't say enough about the job our two pitchers did and to shut down a ball club like that is outstanding."
Forsythe exited after throwing 117 pitches through eight innings and sophomore Aaron Snyder came in to close out the ninth. He worked around walking the leadoff batter and preserved the shutout with his third save of the season.
SIU, which was coming off a 12-hit day on Saturday, had just five hits playing with a limited lineup. Two of its top hitters - Chris Serritella and Austin Montgomery--will be out for the better part of the next month. Serritella is out as he recovers from a broken hand and Montgomery did not make the trip due to illness.
The Salukis got a second run in the fifth when Neece doubled to right-center to bring home Nick Johnson.
Forsythe had given up just four hits through six innings and the Salukis maintained their 2-0 lead heading into the seventh.
Memphis got a pair of two-out hits in the seventh to put runners on first and third, but Forsythe struck out Drew Martinez to end the inning and keep the Tigers off the board.
U of M placed runners on second and third once again in the bottom of the eighth, but Forsythe calmly got Adam McClain to pop out to center to preserve his scoreless outing.
Snyder entered in the ninth and Memphis got runners on first and second with one out. Snyder got Martinez to ground out to first and then Ethan Gross to pop out to end the game.